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Meet our 2022 Young Woman Engineer of the Year Award winners

IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year

Ama Frimpong

Head of Product Development at 52 North Health.

Ama manages the company’s engineering teams in the development of NeutroCheck®, which is a low-cost, portable device that helps identify people living with cancer who are at risk of neutropenic sepsis - a life-threatening medical emergency occurring in immunosuppressed chemotherapy patients.

IET Mary George Memorial Prize for Apprentices

Lauren Smith

Trainee Medical Engineer at United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust.

Lauren is part of a team that ensures the proper function of medical devices within the healthcare setting and works to support the needs of clinical staff by repairing and managing the devices they rely on daily to diagnose, treat and monitor patients.

Women’s Engineering Society (WES) Prize

Eneni Bambara-Abban

Robotics Engineer and the founder of two organisations, the Techover Foundation and Anime and Chill.

The Techover Foundation is an international NGO that focuses on encouraging, educating and supporting individuals from underserved communities into technology. Anime and Chill is a safe and inclusive community of people interested in anime and/or gaming to come together and network irrespective of gender, sexual orientation or race.

Finalists Constance Rudman and Veena Kumari were both highly commended.

All winners and finalists will play an ambassadorial role for the engineering and technology professions in the forthcoming months, promoting engineering careers to more girls and young people.

The IET’s Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards celebrate women working in modern engineering – and aim to help change the perception that engineering is predominantly a career for men by banishing outdated engineering stereotypes of hard hats and dirty overalls.

As well as highlighting the talent of women engineers, the awards seek to find role models who can help address the UK science and engineering skills crisis by promoting engineering careers to more girls and women. Just 16.5 per cent of those working in engineering occupations are women (source: Engineering UK).

This year’s YWE Awards were sponsored by Alstom, Boeing, Capgemini Engineering, Collins Aerospace, Frazer-Nash Consultancy, Leonardo, MBDA, Northrop Grumman, Ofcom, Rolls Royce, Royal Air Force, Royal Mail, RS Components Grass Roots, Teledyne and Thales.